THE FAMILY EVENT
Bringing Home the Perfect Tree, ca. 1870
The Family Event: "Bringing Home the Perfect Tree, ca. 1870"
the Victorian Christmas time period. The Victorian era of the late 19th
Century defines Christmas, as we know it today, with elaborate trees
The painting gives us a view of two children who found and cut the
perfect tree now bringing it to their home. Their home is not just any
home, but that of Joseph Kinney famed steamboat captain of America's
The site of the mansion is close to the location of the old town of
Franklin, Missouri across the river from Boonville. The home was built
in 1867 for a cost of $24,000. The building of the home embodies a
of the length and breadth of America's rivers. Captain Kinney, aboard
steamboats during the mid to late 1800's, was able to bring materials
from all over the world to Franklin to build this home for his family.
The only materials manufactured on site were the bricks. The mansion is
framed with cypress lumber from the Mississippi River Delta, the walnut
used for trim, doors, and windows was milled in St. Louis from logs
by Captain Kinney during his travels on America's rivers, and to add an
international note to the construction, the nine marble fireplaces were
made with marble quarried from the same quarry as the marble used by
All mantels were shipped to the United States, offloaded in New
taken to St. Louis up the Mississippi River, and then up the Missouri
the private landing of Captain Kinney. The captain named his home
The mansion is currently used as a bed and breakfast.